EA Announces Star Wars Games Agreement

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Only two days after Star Wars Day, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney Interactive have agreed to a multi-year Star Wars licensing agreement with Electronic Arts. EA studio teams DICE, Visceral, and BioWare will collaborate with Lucasfilm creative teams to create all new games for console, PC, mobile, and tablets. Disney Interactive will also develop casual games for social and online platforms. “The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. Fans can look forward to more information regarding titles in development in the coming months.

Trailer of the Week: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

Real Talk by: StephO (Stephanie Owens)

This week’s Trailer of the Week is the Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon trailer! This stand alone expansion is all about 80’s nostalgia, complete with neon colors, synth music, and VHS static lines! Blood Dragon will be available April 30 for Play Station Network and May 1 for Xbox Live Arcade.

Last week’s Trailer of the Week: Theif- Out of the Shadows

Trailer of the Week: Thief- Out of the Shadows

Real Talk by: StephO (Stephanie Owens)

This week’s Trailer of the Week is Thief – Out of the Shadows. A reboot of the stealth game series Thief, this steampunk game is set for a 2014 release for PC, PS4, and “other next-gen consoles”.

Last week’s Trailer of the Week, and the Trailer of the Month for March: Metal Gear Solid V Debut Trailer

Bonus trailer! Broken Age, a crowdfunded point-and-click adventure game, tells the stories of a young boy and girl leading parallel lives.

Trailer of the Week: Metal Gear Solid V Debut Trailer

Real Talk by: StephO (Stephanie Owens)

The 2013 Game Developers Conference took place this week, and with it came the debut trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, this week’s Trailer of the Week! A previous trailer released in December under the title “The Phantom Pain” was strongly suspected as being an undercover Metal Gear Solid trailer, and has now been proven to be the case. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will take place after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (no release date announced yet).

Last week’s Trailer of the Week: Duck Tales Remastered Reveal Trailer

Trailer of the Week: DuckTales Remastered Reveal Trailer

Real Talk by: StephO (follow me @Steph___O)

This week’s Trailer of the Week is the DuckTales Remastered reveal trailer! Capcom, WayForward Technologies, and Disney announced today that they will be releasing a remastered version of the 8-bit Nintendo game which will feature hand-drawn artwork, 2.5D gameplay, and voice acting by the original cast of the animated TV series. DuckTales Remastered will be available for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and the Wii U e-Shop this summer.

Last week’s Trailer of the Week: Saints Row IV Announcement Trailer

Trailer of the Week: Saints Row IV Announcement Trailer

Real Talk by: StephO (Stephanie Owens)

The Trailer of the Week is the Saints Row IV Announcement trailer. Deep Silver, the new owners of the Saints Row franchise, says Saints Row IV is the “ball busting” new sequel that will start “a party in your pants”. After watching this trailer, it’s hard to disagree! Saints Row IV will be available August 20 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Last week’s Trailer of the Week: Deadpool Reveal Trailer

Boy Scouts of America Introduces Merit Badge for Game Design

Real Talk by: StephO (Stephanie Owens)

In addition to backpacking, archery, and astronomy, Boy Scouts can now earn a merit badge in game design. “Games challenge us to overcome long odds, tell compelling stories, and work with or against one another,” says the official BSA press release. In addition to many other requirements (read the full list here), Scouts will analyze existing games, keep a notebook documenting their design including sketches, game rules, and a vision statement, and if possible interview a professional game developer. This is definitely a positive thing for the gaming community- it  shows video games can be a useful educational tool and acknowledges game design as a profession. The tools to develop a video game are becoming more and more accessible everyday, and hopefully we will continue to see game development built into education experiences.

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